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Dongsha Island not ready for tourism: official

2019/05/22 22:58:38

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Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Taiwan's Dongsha Island will not be ready for tourism for another two or three years, a government official said Wednesday, in the wake of reports that the island in the South China Sea will be opened to tourists this year.

Wang Tung-yung (王東永), secretary general of the Construction and Planning Agency under the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), said it will take two to three years before the planning and design of public facilities and infrastructure on the island can be completed.

The biggest challenge will be a sewage project, which has not yet been commissioned, Wang told the press, when asked about the reports concerning tourism on the island that lies about 400 kilometers off the southwest coast of Kaohsiung.

According to reports earlier this year, the MOI was planning to allow three groups of visitors to travel to the island on chartered flights.

Some reports also said Dongsha Marine National Park on the island would be officially opened to tourism in April or May.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and William Yen)